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Airports and economic performance in China

Gibbons, Stephen and Wu, Wenjie (2017) Airports and economic performance in China. Spatial Economics Research Centre Blog (07 Apr 2017). Website.

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Abstract

New evidence on the impact of airport infrastructure on productivity in China Airport construction or expansion is often proposed as a policy lever to boost cities, regions and national economies worldwide – although this case is not clear cut as some well publicized ‘white elephants’ and the recent debate over expansion of London’s airports testify. But it is in large developing countries with poor road and rail infrastructure that air transport might offer the greatest potential benefits, providing a way to bridge large distances at relatively low fixed initial costs. In these settings, airports are often built and expanded with the explicit aim of improving connections to peripheral areas, stimulating economic activity in these areas and reducing inter-area disparities (World Bank 2013). However, despite this policy enthusiasm there is relatively little solid evidence that the opening of airports and expansion of airport capacity really stimulates economic development, and none in the context of developing countries.

Item Type: Online resource (Website)
Official URL: http://spatial-economics.blogspot.co.uk/
Additional Information: © 2017 The Author(s); Online
Divisions: Geography & Environment
Spatial Economics Research Centre
Centre for Economic Performance
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
J Political Science > JQ Political institutions Asia
Sets: Departments > Geography and Environment
Research centres and groups > Spatial Economics Research Centre
Research centres and groups > Centre for Economic Performance (CEP)
Collections > LSE Spatial Economics Research Centre Blog
Date Deposited: 28 Jun 2017 09:46
Last Modified: 10 Jul 2020 23:15
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/82545

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